Production still from the "Rocky Mountain High" video.
Lissa Hanner has always loved the song “Rocky Mountain High,” a top 10 hit in 1973 for John Denver, who cowrote the song about Colorado with Mike Taylor. So it’s not surprising she included it on her album, My Colorado. Nor is it surprising, she chose the song for the first official music video for the album.
“When I was my early teens, my dad’s company transferred him from San Diego to Colorado Springs, and I was thrilled because I was in love with John Denver,” Hanner recalls with a laugh.
“I slightly reworked the lyrics to make it from the female perspective,” she says of her recording of “Rocky Mountain High,” which was produced by Robby Turner at Turner-Up Recording in Nashville.
The video was directed by acclaimed Nashville filmmaker Bill Filipiak, who has directed music videos for many of the leading Americana artists in the city. The footage, which was filmed by director of photography Steven Shiveley, was shot in-and-around Hanner’s hometown of Guffey, Colo.
“Rocky Mountain High” is the first of a series of music videos directed by Filipiak that Hanner plans to release over the next few months. You can view the video for “Rocky Mountain High” below, or on Hanner’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBaj5DgnIlg).